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Poster: ringolevio Date: Feb 4, 2012 5:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young Defends Both Record Companies and Piracy

Unfortunately, if you read the comments, I think they're right that there are just too many of us ignoramuses who can't tell the difference from the high-quality audio and all the other sources, and "just want to hear the song."

Then again, some of us ignoramuses will still buy the recordings, but it's more because we're sheep following the crowd, than out of true appreciation. But of course, that works in marketing too ...

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Feb 4, 2012 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neil Young Defends Both Record Companies and Piracy

Computers (hardware) were never designed or engineered for high-fidelity music playback, some exceptions have recently become available on the consumer market. To differentiate the sonic qualities of various recordings and digital file storage methodology requires a high-resolution music playback system.

The limitation of computers and I-pods are the cheap little headphone amplifiers and digital to analog convertors integrated into the chassis with all the other circuitry that generates noise. Further, many people listen through low fidelity earbuds or plastic desktop PC speakers.

If you were fortunate enough to have experienced the Grateful Dead live you have a basis, an audible point of reference for how the music sounded when it was performed. From the “Wall the of Sound” up through and including the great touring sound systems from 1989 - 1993, you have experience with some of the all-time greatest hi-fi systems ever designed.

You’d have to spend “hundreds of thousands” of dollars for a home audio system to get close to this live concert sound, but you’d still lack the overall dynamics and scale of the live experience.

Cost effective methods are available today to bypass the crappy computer audio circuitry, deliver and process the digital signal directly out of the PC via the USB output and I-pod docking stations.

These cost-effective (many under $1,000 solutions) desktop high-fidelity headphone amplifiers that integrate both better quality amplifiers and digital to analog convertors to drive any number of high quality headphones, or quality compact desktop active monitor speakers that integrate the amplifier and digital convertor circuitry inside the speaker enclosure to provide a more lifelike musical experience.

If you chose to pursue an upgrade, i think that you would be amazed at the improvement in the musicality of the performances, and now higher resolution music files will begin to make more sense.

If you truly love the music, the closer you get, the better the experience.